Enjoy the holiday season with us here at Mystery Hill.

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No visit with Santa is complete without a good story, and this year the big man in red is thrilled to share with you some tales of his favorite child in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jack. You may have heard of Jack; he’s nimble, his quick, he’s jumped over candle sticks and climbed bean stalks, but we guarantee you’ve never heard his exploits in Appalachia! Jack has always lent a hand to Santa fighting off trolls, saving Christmas princesses, stopping the northwest wind from blowing, and of course stopping joy-stealing witches! We know you will love this unique Appalachian holiday tradition!

During the Holiday season, we’re offering complimentary cider, hot cocoa, and cookies to all Dougherty House visitors. Santa and Mrs. Claus are also waiting upstairs to read Christmas stories to all the good little boys and girls.

Built in 1903 by Dauphin Disco Dougherty, this home was the first in the area to have electricity and running water. What is today Appalachian State University was founded by Dauphin in this home, which served as classrooms and an administration office during the early years. The home is being restored to its original 1903 condition with the help of donations by the community.

The home is located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321 between Mystery Hill and Tweetsie Railroad. Admission is included in your Mystery Hill tickets via a partnership that covers the lease for the land the home sits on and a contribution covering all daily operating expenses. 100% of your donations goes into the restoration of the home.

About the 1903 Dougherty House Museum

Admission to Dougherty House is free from December 16-24, 2019. Let us know you're coming! RSVP on Facebook.

We had a lot of fun at Mystery Hill and were able to spend half a day enjoying the various attractions on sight. Mystery Hill is within walking distance of Tweetsie Railroad and makes an extra little excursion easily accessible.”

– DWL, Google Local Guide

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If you’re looking for a fun family activity to enjoy during the holiday season in the Blowing Rock, North Carolina area, come on down to Mystery Hill. Admission to the 1903 Dougherty House Museum is free. You can buy tickets to other Mystery Hill attractions onsite or online.  

Admission to Dougherty House is free from December 16-24, 2019. Let us know you're coming! RSVP on Facebook.